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Friday, March 27, 2009

Happy Ugadi and its Delicacies

Happy ugadi to you all.
Ugadi pachaidi,garulu,pulihora and purnalu are the traditional dish done on the ugadi day.My mom used to make other dishes as well but i didn't get much time to do all.
All these i learnt it from my mother.I miss the festive atmosphere back home.Early morning we used to get up put a big rangoli(mugu) in front of the house.Wear new clothes and go to grannies and uncles house and eat the delicacies cooked by granny.This country i hardly have anyone celebrating this festival.Anyways i and my kids had a good time.My elder kid has helped me a lot today.She kept her kid sister busy so that she doesn't disturb me.

Ugadi Pachadi


Raw mango 1cup(finely chopped)
Neem tree flowers 1 tbsp
Jaggery (grated) 1 cup
Honey 1 tbsp
Tamarind paste 3 -4 tbsp
Red chilli pwd pinch
Salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients and added little water.Few don't add water,but i prefer watery.


Urad dal (black gram dal,minappappu) 1 1/2 cup
Ginger 2"
Green chillies 3
Coriander leaves finely chopped
Pudina leaves finely chopped
Onion 1 (finely chopped)
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

  1. Soak whole black gram dal for 5-6 hours (i soaked over night)
  2. Strain the water from the dal and grind to a paste with ginger,green chillies and salt.Avoid adding water.
  3. Then add chopped onions,coriander leaves and pudina leaves and mix well.Heat oil in a deep frying vessel and the oil should be very hot.
  4. Wet a plastic sheet with little water and take a lemon sized balls and flatten it on the sheet and make a hole in the center so that vada cooks evenly.
  5. Slowly drop the vada in the oil and cook till golden colour and serve hot.
Udat dal 1 cup
Rice 3 tbsp
Toor dal 1 cup
Jaggery 1 1/2 cup
Elachi 2
Salt a pinch
Oil for deep frying
  1. Soak udat dal and rice overnight
  2. Grind udat dal and rice to a fine paste and the consistency should be like a bajji batter.Add little salt to the batter
  3. Pressure cook toor dal until soft.
  4. Add jaggery (crushed) and cook till the mixture is completely dried.Add elachi.
  5. Make small lemon sized balls and dip it in the batter.
  6. Leave purnalu in the oil and fry till golden colour.And take it on a tissue.
Jaggery can be adjusted according to the taste.
Pulihora/Tamarind Rice

Salt as per taste
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Tamarind 1/3 cup (pulp)

For seasoning

Channa dal few
Udat dal few
Rai few
Red chilly 2
Curry leaves few
Peanuts roasted
Sesame seeds(nuvulu) 4 tbsp (roasted and powdered)
Green chillies (slited)
Salt as per taste
Ginger 1"
Oil 5 tbsp

  1. Cook rice.Add turmeric powder and mix thoroughly.
  2. Heat oil add all the seasoning except peanuts and sesame seeds.
  3. Add tamarind pulp and salt and cook till the raw smell of tamarind disappears.
  4. Lastly just before taking the pulp from the stove add sesame seeds powder and roasted peanuts.the pulp should be thick but flowing paste.
  5. Pour this pulp on the rice how much you require and mix thoroughly.
This Tamarind pulp can be stored in the refrigerator for long and can be used when required.I usually store this for 10-15 days.
Have a great day.................................


  1. Happy Ugadi to you and your family.

  2. Thanx and wish u the same happy cook and thanx for the quick comment as well.

  3. YUM!! You already ate and we are just got up and doing the morning thing! Happy Ugadi, enjoy! :)

  4. wow yummy garelu ...Happy ugadi Varunavi

  5. Ugadi Shubhakhankshalu Varunavi....Neivedyam looks yum....love to have all of them.

    I am not sure why its not showing up?..will look into it...Thank you dear.

  6. happy ugadi to you n your family too..

    that thali full of yummy food looks so delicious..enjoy your day

  7. Happy Ugadi to you and your dear one's too....delicacies looks so yummy....

  8. Ugadhi Subhakankshalu to you and your family Varunavi. Your plate looks delicious with home made goodies. You have a nice blog. Will be back for more.

  9. @Asha thanx
    @Ramya wish u the same
    @Deepa wish u the same
    Preety thanx
    Preeti thanx
    @Pavani welcome to my blog and happy ugadi to u and to your family

  10. Happy ugadi varunavi...Mouth watering dishes...

  11. wow!! thats a platter full of yummy goodies! Happy Ugadi to you too!!

  12. hmm..very tasty varunavi..same pinch..i made same dishes today..

  13. mmmhh wow I love the Garelu Varunavi...once again Happy Ugadi !!

  14. Wonderful spread varunavi! Happy Ugadhi dear!! :)

  15. Happy Ugadi to u and ur family members :) Wonderful delicacies. S you rite. We miss the festive mood here. My sister mentioned all the items that amma had prepared today for ugadi... am drooling here :(

  16. Happy Ugadi to you and family...that platter look yumm...tempting dishes.

  17. Happy Ugadi Varunavi!Yummy dishes..

  18. everything looks so yummy! I want those vadas now :D

    Happy Ugadi dear!

  19. That plate looks so inviting dear yummmy

  20. Happy ugadi varunavi..Send me some vadas, thats a delicious platter dear, Seems u had a wonderful time to prepare n all!

  21. Happy Ugadi, and very sumptuous too.

  22. Happy Ugadi Varunavi. your festival spread looks delicious, its makes me miss my mom's cooking :) Hope you had a great day :)

  23. Happy Ugadi to you and lovely delicacies you made!

  24. Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a wonderful space too! Happy ugadi!

  25. Happy Ugadi 2 u & ur family dear..

  26. Welcome and thanx to maya,madhu and priya.
    Pooja,superchef,vishali,lavanya,anusriram,priyasriram,anu,poornima,rekha,vibhas and hema thanx for the wishes.
    Anu welcome to my blog and thanx for the wishes.My mom was with my sis on ugadi day and she did all the cooking,i was missing all the stuff she cooked,my sis showed me everything on webcam.
    Food fanatic and srikar kitchen thanx for the wishes.

  27. Happy ugadi. Loved ur presentaion, puliyora, garelu, ugadi special pachdi(neem flowers + mango, yummm). Wish I was there, near you...he he!:)

  28. Happy Ugadi to you too.....
    lovely traditional dishes!

  29. yummy pulihora.. looks great..

    and parathas looks colorful and delicious too...

  30. Malar gandhi.Mahima and n33ma thanx for the wishes....

  31. This is a nice cooking blog to follow. I follow all simple dishes (Simple to make, that is) as already too many disasters have happened in my kitchen!!

    Destination Infinity

  32. @Destination Infinity thanx a lot...


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